Sawasdee Cup International Badminton tournament coming to Pattaya

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Athletes from more than 15 countries will compete for 300,000 baht in prizes as the Sawasdee Cup International Badminton tournament moves to Pattaya Nov. 22-24.

Pattaya Deputy Mayor Wutisak Rermkitkarn and tournament head Surakit Thangchaisak met Oct. 15 at city hall to plan the contest held last year in Chiang Mai.  Officials mapped out plans for parking, security and first aid for the Eastern National Indoor Sports Arena site.  Some 5,000 people are expected to attend the event.

More than 15 countries will be represented, including badminton players from Australia, China, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and the United States.

Thai athletes expected to participate include world-ranked Ratchanok Intanon and Sudkhet Prapakamol.  Former stars Tongkham Kingmanee, Chiamsak Panitkul, Surapong Suritdamrong, Surachai Maksasitorn, Wattana Ampholsuwan and Jukathip Ahpiwatnawong will also attend.

From China, world singles champion Lin Yang and Olympic silver medalist Guan Weizhen will compete.